Donald Sultan

​Although his paintings fit into the criteria of a still life, Donald Sultan describes the works as first and foremost abstract. The grand scale of Sultan’s compositions (pieces of fruit, flowers, dominoes and other objects) is set against the unsettling tar-black, eight-foot square background. He is best known for his lemons, flowers and fruit. He states that his subjects are developed from previous work. What remains unchanged for Sultan’s work is the potent statement of form. Incorporating basic geometric and organic forms with a formal purity produces both subtle and monumental echoes. Sultan describes his work as “heavy structure, holding fragile meaning” with the ability to “turn you off and turn you on at the same time.” Sultan’s still lifes have been described as studies in contrast. His powerfully sensual, fleshy object representations are rendered through a pointedly labor-intensive method.

Born in 1951 in Asheville, North Carolina, Donald Sultan received his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He moved to New York in 1975. Sultan has received two honorary doctorate degrees from The Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. and the New York Academy of Art. Sultan’s works are held in the permanent collections of Tate Modern in London, the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Sultan lives and works in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

Peppers Peppers
Black Eggs, March 14, 1988 Black Eggs, March 14, 1988
Lip Portfolio Lip Portfolio
La Guerida (b) La Guerida (b)
La Guerida (a) La Guerida (a)
Black Rose (3 of 3) Black Rose (3 of 3)
Black Rose (2 of 3) Black Rose (2 of 3)
Black Rose (1 of 3) Black Rose (1 of 3)
Black Eggs Black Eggs
PLAYING CARDS PLAYING CARDS
PLAYING CARDS PLAYING CARDS
PLAYING CARDS PLAYING CARDS
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Donald Sultan

Peppers
Screenprint on paper
Titled, dated May 30, 1989 and signed with initials along the left edge;
12 x 12 inches
Edition of 100
1989
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Black Eggs, March 14, 1988
Oil Stick painting on woven paper
Unique
Signed in Pencil, Top Left
60 x 48 inches
1988
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Donald Sultan

Lip Portfolio
Suite of 4 Aquatint Prints.
12 3/4 x 10 inches (each print).
Signed and numbered
Edition of 100
1989
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Donald Sultan

La Guerida (b)
Aquatint
Signed and Numbered
12 x 13 inches
Edition of 17
1994
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Donald Sultan

La Guerida (a)
Aquatint
Signed and Numbered
12 x 13 inches
Edition of 17
1994
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Donald Sultan

Black Rose (3 of 3)
Etching; Aquatint
Titled, Signed and dated
32.25 x 40 inches
Edition of 53
1989
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Black Rose (2 of 3)
Etching; Aquatint
Titled, Signed and dated
32.25 x 40 inches
Edition of 53
1989
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Black Rose (1 of 3)
Etching; Aquatint
Titled, Signed and dated
32.25 x 40 inches
Edition of 53
1989
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Black Eggs
Oil Stick on paper
Signed lower left edge
60 x 40 inches
1998
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PLAYING CARDS
Jack of Diamonds
AQUATINTS, signed, titled and dated on left margin
21 x 14 inches
Edition of 44
1990
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PLAYING CARDS
Queen of Clubs
AQUATINTS, signed, titled and dated on left margin
21 x 14 inches
Edition of 44
1990
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PLAYING CARDS
King of Spades
AQUATINTS, signed, titled and dated on left margin
21 x 14 inches
Edition of 44
1990
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